For patients who choose ‘watch and wait,’ putting off treatment can be a relief — and a source of stress
Oct. 11, 2016
| By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service
For certain slow-growing cancers, doctors recommend a “watch and wait” approach, also known as active surveillance, rather than aggressive early treatment. But it can be stressful for patients to be told they have cancer in the same breath as a recommendation against immediate treatment. Here are some tips on how to cope with the stress by asking the right questions.
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